22 October 2020

Does going green pay off?

Does going green pay off? Research published in the World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development hopes to answer that question from a sustainability performance perspective.

Environmental concerns are changing not only the natural landscape but the economic world too. There is a need to understand how so-called stakeholders can influence and affect the commercial and business world in efforts to address environmental concerns including climate change and fossil fuels, plastic and other pollution, as well as food and water security, and resilience to natural disasters. Moreover, the push to “green” the commercial world is driven by marketing as with anything commercial.

Husna Ara, Jasmine Ai Leen Yeap, and Siti Hasnah Hassan of the Universiti Sains Malaysia, in Pinang, explain that worldwide organisations have begun to embrace the concept of sustainability and moved towards environmental strategies to this end. The team’s review found that investing in green marketing does not have an immediate positive impact on commercial success despite the growing awareness among consumers of a multitude of environmental concerns. However, it feeds a company’s sustainability agenda and they suggest that by improving environmental and social performance economic benefits will be gleaned while concomitantly helping to address many of the issues we face globally.

Ara, H., Yeap, J.A.L. and Hassan, S.H. (2020) ‘Does going green really pay off? A sustainability performance view’, World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp.519–537

21 October 2020

The language of health and wealth

What impact does a person’s proficiency in English as a second language have on their health and economic integration when they settle in the USA? That’s the sensitive issue addressed in new research published in the International Journal of Economics and Business Research.

Ibrahim Niankara of the College of Business at Al Ain University in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates has used the statistical technique of Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) estimation to analyse annual earnings and medical care spending for a representative sample of data on immigrant families from the US National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS). There is, the research suggests, a negative correlation, as one might expect. Among immigrants, increased English language proficiency improves earnings propensity and reduces medical care spending.

Niankara points out that according to the United Nation’s International Organization for Migration, the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people across various regions of the world has increased dramatically in recent years. Numbers are in the hundreds of millions and rising with each passing year. He suggests that “policies aimed at raising immigrants’ families English language proficiency in the USA would not only contribute to their effective socio-economic integration but also strengthen the US workforce and economy in the long run.”

Niankara, I. (2020) ‘The role of English language proficiency on immigrants’ health and economic integration in the USA‘, Int. J. Economics and Business Research, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp.255-287.

20 October 2020

You can tell me by the way I walk

The walking style, or gait, of women in the third trimester of pregnancy changes significantly from that seen in the earlier steps of the pregnancy and is markedly different from that observed in women who are not pregnant. The adaptations are assumed to be in response to the changing weight, posture and balance of the women at that stage. Understanding the changes could be used to help design footwear or physiotherapy to reduce pain caused by the attendant joint redistribution.

Research published in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology discusses the study of gait in pregnancy and offers insights into the problems that arise and how they might best be avoided.

Yang Song, Minjun Liang, and Wenlan Lian of the Human Movement Research Center in the Faculty of Sports Science at Ningbo University in Zhejiang, China, examined the walking gait of pregnant and non-pregnant women using foot kinematics and the Oxford foot model. Three-dimensional motion of the forefoot, hindfoot and tibia during walking were recorded using a Vicon motion analysis system and two force platforms were used to record the ground reaction force.

Pregnant women “demonstrated greater plantar flexion and internal rotation of hindfoot and internal tibial rotation during initial contact, greater forefoot eversion and hindfoot external rotation during push off,” the team writes. “Moreover, pregnant women showed greater external tibial rotation than non-pregnant women during toe off and the centre of pressure trajectory moved to the second to third metatarsal at this stage.”

Such detailed findings might help guide physiotherapy if the changes are causing pain or perhaps guide the design of specific footwear or supportive equipment in extreme cases to ameliorate pain and discomfort and reduce the risk of injury or persistent damage to joints.

Song, Y., Liang, M. and Lian, W. (2020) ‘A comparison of foot kinematics between pregnant and non-pregnant women using the Oxford foot model during walking’, Int. J. Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp.20–30.

16 October 2020

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from Academy for Global Business Advancement's 17th World Congress for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the Academy for Global Business Advancement's 17th World Congress (2-4 July 2021, Istanbul Gelisim University, Avcılar, Istanbul, Turkey) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Quality Engineering and Technology

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Quality Engineering and Technology are now available here for free:
  • Uncertainties estimation in identification of digital planar surface parameters using a 3D laser sensor
  • Parameter optimisations for gold electroplating of gold jewellery
  • Hotelling's T2 control chart with adaptive sampling interval and variable dimensional
  • Statistical analysis of the researches carried out on Lean and Six Sigma applications in healthcare industry

New Editor for International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering

Prof. S.J. Jung from the University of Idaho in the USA has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering.

The lockdown learning curve

How rapidly does a learning curve decline during a period of prolonged interruption? That’s the question asked by US researchers in the International Journal of Quality Engineering and Technology. Adedeji Badiru of the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio, USA, has specifically looked at how the “lockdown” response to the global Covid-19 pandemic has affected business, industry, academia, and government.

There is perhaps insufficient “live data” to draw solid conclusions. Badiru has nevertheless found that workers, as a result of being barred from practising their normal functions and learning on the job, have experienced a decline in performance. The restrictive nature of lockdown implemented to reduce the spread of the virus has led to performance degradation.

He has postulated an analytical framework that researchers can use as new data emerges to allow empirical modelling of the adverse impacts of the lockdown on learning curves. The inherent concern with such adversity in the face of the global pandemic is that a decline in learning can translate to a decline in quality of work and quality of products. He suggests retrospective research might now follow in the wake of his IJQET column.

Badiru, A. (2020) ‘Quality insight: exponential decay of quality learning curves during COVID-19 lockdown’, Int. J. Quality Engineering and Technology, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp.106–117.

15 October 2020

Research pick: Improving European smart cities - "Smart city in Europe: comparative analysis between Italy and Germany development"

The rush to urbanisation is inevitably characterised by more and more city dwellers. As population densities increase old infrastructure becomes less effective, less efficient. Air and water quality are compromised, public waste management is over-burdened, and the cities become decreasingly dependent on non-renewable energies and unsustainable systems. There is little time, capacity or resources available to ensure the growth takes into account environmental factors and addresses the issue of quality of life for those city dwellers.

The notion of a smart city might sound quite futuristic but there is an urgency now to face the problems of urbanisation with smart tools and systems rather than clinging to archaic ways. Smart cities could ultimately help us reduce road traffic congestion through improved public transport systems while the digitalisation of many public services would improve management of resources and waste in ways that have not been possible before.

Research published in the International Journal of Environmental Policy and Decision Making has assessed the state-of-art definitions of the so-called smart city and offers a critical reflection of this paradigm for urban growth. Gabriella Arcese and colleagues at the Università degli Studi Niccolò Cusano in Rome, Italy, have analysed smart city best practices in pioneering cities in Italy (Bologna, Florence, Milan) and Germany (Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Leipzig) that have core dimensions of technology, community, and policy.

The team has identified the advances various smart city efforts have made as well as their shortcomings so far.

“Sustainable and safe neighbourhoods, building safety, co-working, waste management; health and welfare, through the optimisation of processes and business intelligence, e-care, e-health; education and technical education, through the development of smart city projects should be included in the development model,” they suggest.

Arcese, G., Schabel, L., Elmo, G.C. and Risso, M. (2019) ‘Smart city in Europe: comparative analysis between Italy and Germany development’, Int. J. Environmental Policy and Decision Making, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp.330–359.

14 October 2020

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Electronic Finance

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  • Cash-less policy and economic growth: evidence from Nigeria
  • Leveraging artificial neural networks for hedging foreign investments in emerging markets: a large-scale empirical study
  • Examining consumer adoption and perception of Mobile Money in Ghana
  • Online banking in an emerging market: evidence from Saudi Arabia

Special issue published: "Service Science Meets Artificial Intelligence and Big Data" (includes free Open Access article)

International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services 7(4) 2020

  • A case study of MapReduce-based expressway traffic data analysis and service system
  • A multidimensional service template for data analysis in highway domain
  • Research on symbiosis state between manufacturing and producer services industry
  • State prediction and servitisation of manufacturing processing equipment resources in smart cloud manufacturing
  • A CNN-based temperature prediction approach for grain storage
  • An approach to discovering event correlations among edge sensor services
  • Fog-cloud task scheduling of energy consumption optimisation with deadline consideration
  • A topic-enhanced recurrent autoencoder model for sentiment analysis of short texts
  • The development of knowledge-shelf to enable an effective set-based concurrent engineering application [OPEN ACCESS]

Free open access article available: "The development of knowledge-shelf to enable an effective set-based concurrent engineering application"

The following paper, "The development of knowledge-shelf to enable an effective set-based concurrent engineering application" (International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services 7(4) 2020), is freely available for download as an open access article. 

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

13 October 2020

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking

The following sample articles from the International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking are now available here for free:
  • Load-balanced overlay recovery scheme with delay minimisation
  • Creating a portable, high-level graph analytics paradigm for compute and data-intensive applications
  • Using the loop chain abstraction to schedule across loops in existing code
  • Developments in memory management in OpenMP
  • Performance evaluation of OpenMP's target construct on GPUs - exploring compiler optimisations
  • Efficient implementation of OpenACC cache directive on NVIDIA GPUs
  • PACC: a directive-based programming framework for out-of-core stencil computation on accelerators
  • Acceleration of unstructured implicit low-order finite-element earthquake simulation using OpenACC on Pascal GPUs

Special issue published: "Green Technologies for Production"

International Journal of Product Development 24(2/3) 2020

  • Optimisation model construction of enterprise's green production and energy saving based on internet technology
  • Distribution and transportation control of high-speed and flexible packing production line for medical kit based on green technology
  • Scheduling method of green flexible production line for enterprise products based on task priority
  • Multi-objective scheduling model of green production based on genetic algorithm under agricultural supply side structure
  • The control method of green production efficiency based on multi-layer and complex network under the background of export trade transformation
  • Green production cycle mining of mass production based on random forest algorithm
  • Product's green production method based on environmental management and ecological perspective of enterprise
  • Green production benefit evaluation model of trade products based on principal component analysis
Additional paper
  • An empirical analysis of the impact of AMT and e-commerce on innovation and performance in Spanish firms

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management

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  • Risk dimensions of a vertical Chinese expansion in the Greek tourism sector: the Chinese side
  • Comparative analysis of the contemporary public sector quality determinants in relation to the satisfaction level of the Greek judicial officials and citizens in civil, criminal and administrative courts
  • Coaching: a plus (+) to managerial skills
  • Motivation and job satisfaction: the case of call centres in Greece
  • Greek public airports' efficiency assessment using DEA-modelling. Factors influencing efficiency and economic recession environment (2009-2014) implications
  • The role of China in the global shipping industry, with emphasis on the dry bulk market
  • Strategic management in times of crisis: the case of marble enterprises in the prefecture of Drama, Greece

Research pick: What do you want from your smart watch? - "A survey of what customers want in smartwatch brand applications"

New research published in the International Journal of Mobile Communications has surveyed customers regarding their use of branded apps on their smartwatches. The analysis of the survey results reveals the external factors that influence the intention to use and tracks the relationship between factors using a technology acceptance model.

Meuel Jeong, Kyeongjin Park, and Kyungdoh Kim of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, also analysed to survey data to reveal what kinds of smartwatch brand apps users would use and found music, weather information, basic telephone function, social networking, navigation, basic text messaging, productivity, and health were most commonly used. Apps for reading e-books, playing games, associated with sports, entertainment, QR code/barcode recognition, finance, photography, and video were not so popular on smartwatches.

Such insights feed into how brands can best engage with putative customers knowing that they favour certain types of apps on their smartwatches and not others.

They suggest that companies hoping to engage customers through brand apps need to ensure that the app is as easy to use as possible and offering low complexity and no financial risk. They point out that there is a market for those kinds of apps already being used but suggests that certain other kinds of apps that are perhaps more suited to smartphones and tablets not be pursued as avenues for marketing and increasing brand awareness on smartwatches, such as QR code/barcode recognition apps, financial apps and photo and video apps.

Jeong, M., Park, K. and Kim, K. (2020) ‘A survey of what customers want in smartwatch brand applications’, Int. J. Mobile Communications, Vol. 18, No. 5, pp.540–558.

Special issue published: "Green Progression in Smart Cities and Intelligent Buildings"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 15(4) 2020

  • Energy management of microgrid based on day-ahead and short-term optimisation
  • A novel method for calculating the light energy distribution in building space
  • Fault diagnosis and location method for electrical power supply and distribution of buildings
  • Arancino.ccTM: an open hardware platform for urban regeneration
  • Blockchain for smart city - public service integration by strategic alliance
  • Deep activity recognition in smart buildings with commercial Wi-Fi devices
  • Analysis of vehicle lane-changing behaviour at signalised intersection
  • Occupant counting modelling for intelligent buildings based on data from multiple WiFi sniffers

12 October 2020

Special issue published: "Auditing"

International Journal of Economics and Accounting 9(4) 2020

  • Audit professional scepticism and the classics: does pyrrhonism serve the practitioner?
  • Fraud prevention and detection in a blockchain technology environment: challenges posed to forensic accountants
  • A structured approach to the governance of ethics using the five lines of assurance model
  • Challenges and lessons from conducting audit research using social media
  • Key audit matters and their implications for the audit environment

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management

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  • Wind-assist marine demonstration for ferries: prospects for saving diesel fuel with wind power
  • Removal of Cr(VI) and Cu(II) from wastewater by an Argopecten irradians shell powder adsorbent
  • Modelling and simulation of batch adsorption of malachite green using groundnut shell waste-based activated carbon
  • Sustainable development of bio-diesel production for cleaner environment
  • Correlations between on-site screening methods and laboratory analyses of oil-contaminated fuelling station sites

Special issue published: "Mindfulness Towards Sustainability"

International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management 6(5) 2020

  • Role of 4c's of marketing mix in building trust to achieve brand loyalty in case of fastener's industry: a PLS-SEM approach
  • Preferences of Indian consumers towards attributes of online shopping websites: a conjoint analysis
  • Customer perception towards Patanjali megastore and Kirana store - a comparative study
  • Testing of weak market efficiency in Indian Stock Exchange employing variance ratio test
  • An empirical study on influence of e-CRM towards customer loyalty in banking sector
  • Exploring E - CRM in Indian banking sector
  • Exploring the training methods for effective employee's performance in IT organisations in India: a SEM approach
  • A study on quality of work life, motivation and employee engagement among nurses in private hospitals of Indore
  • Strategic mismatch: a case of developing country India
  • Bhartiya model of financial literacy as a key to sustainable development
  • Exploring the effect of perceived risk on adoption of mobile banking in India
  • Board composition and board size impact on financial performance of the company
  • Examining role of trust in shaping online shopping attitude among women: an empirical assessment
  • Reliability through mindfulness in Indian aircraft maintenance organisations: a proposed framework

New Editor for International Journal of Migration and Border Studies

Associate Prof. Sasha Baglay from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.

9 October 2020

Research pick: Lessons from the Thai cave rescue - "Search and rescue mission teaming lessons from the 13 trapped inside a Thai cave"

Twelve boys and their expedition leader were trapped deep inside the “Tham Luang Nang Non” cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand on a birthday celebration trip that went terribly wrong. Ultimately, they were all rescued, but the rescue took two weeks.

Writing in the International Journal of Emergency Management, researchers discuss the lessons that have been learned from this rescue operation. Pichaphob Panphae of the Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Ravee Phoewhawm working at Chongqing Technology and Business University in China have examined the details of the daily events that ended with a successful rescue and their interpretation may well guide future rescues in similar circumstances.

Their main conclusion is that success may well have hinged on coordination among the teams involved in the rescue. Without coordination there may well have been a tragic outcome.

The team details the lessons in terms of the benefits of rescue teams being creative, innovating to face challenges, dealing with constraints, reducing timewasting, managing accidents and mistakes, and coping with deaths should they occur. Importantly, the wellbeing of rescuers must be taken into consideration at such stressful and often desperate times.

Panphae, P. and Phoewhawm, R. (2020) ‘Search and rescue mission teaming lessons from the 13 trapped inside a Thai cave’, Int. J. Emergency Management, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp.78–110.

7 October 2020

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Emergency Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Emergency Management are now available here for free:
  • How risk assessments by emergency management organisations fall prey to narrow framing
  • Information seeking and evacuation decision making in hypothetical hurricane events in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas
  • Lessons on environmental health and disaster preparedness, response and recovery from the severe Kelantan flooding in 2014
  • Harnessing the power of metaphor: uncovering a hidden language of interoperability within the natural speech of emergency managers

Research pick: Data mining windpower - "Analysis of data mining method for short-term wind measurement of wind farm based on multi-technology fusion"

Boris Johnson infamously once wrote that wind power can barely “pull the skin off a rice pudding”. At the time of writing, he perspective has changed, and speaking as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom he is suggesting that every home might be powered by wind turbines by the year 2030. There remains much work to be done to make such visions, which are widespread among other leaders looking for renewable, sustainable, and zero-carbon energy sources in the face of climate change and uncertain fossil fuel security in coming years.

Writing in the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology, Jianfeng Che, Bo Wang, and Shitao Chen of the China Electric Power Research Institute in Beijing and Guangzhou Maxkwh Information Technology Co., Ltd. in China, point out flaws in the data handling and modelling of wind power that must be addressed to allow the technology to mature more effectively. They explain that data noise and poor fitting between wind measurement values and real values are hampering the modelling process for wind power development.

As such, the researchers are now proposing an approach to data mining of short-term wind measurements through wind farms based on multi-technology fusion. Their approach can identify and correct for anomalous data points. “The short-term wind data are de-noised by wavelet decomposition and normalised,” the team explains. The whole process is more effective and faster than other procedures, they suggest.

Che, J., Wang, B. and Chen, S. (2020) ‘Analysis of data mining method for short-term wind measurement of wind farm based on multi-technology fusion’, Int. J. Information and Communication Technology, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp.211–225.

Special issue published: "Advanced Materials in Electrical and Mechanical Applications"

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology 60(2/3/4) 2020

  • Adhesion method of advanced composite structures for mechanical design and optimisation
  • An abrasion damage evaluation method of metal mechanical material for automotive chassis based on wavelet transform
  • Similar material development of seafloor polymetallic sulphide
  • Deformation control method for inorganic biological coating materials under tensile loading
  • Research on design and pressure-retaining performance of the pressure-retaining sampler for full-ocean-depth sediment
  • MOGA optimisation of wear performance of stir cast AA7050/B4C-T6 ex-situ metal matrix composite
  • Effect of graphene-based nano-electronic film on the insulation performance of thermal barrier coatings
  • Analysis of hardware implementations of deblocking filter for video codecs
  • An experimental investigation on the influence of rotational speed on microstructure and mechanical properties of friction stir welded dissimilar Al-Cu joints
  • Improving shape accuracy of aluminium alloy surface part in electromagnetically-assisted stamping

6 October 2020

Research pick: Tightening water security through rainwater harvesting - "Rainwater harvesting in urban areas of developed countries. The state of the art (1980–2017)"

Water security is likely to be one of the most critical challenges facing humanity in the coming years. As such rainwater harvesting where it is possible is one possible solution in some contexts. Research published in the International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology, has reviewed the state of the art for rainwater harvesting in urban areas of developed nations as the technology has changed and evolved from 1980 onwards.

Alvaro-Francisco Morote of the University of Valencia, María Hernández of the University of Alicante, both in Spain, and Saeid Eslamian of Isfahan University of Technology, in Isfahan, Iran, explain that rainwater is paradoxically seen as a risk factor rather than a valuable resource in many developed places. A change in paradigm might involve ‘integrated water resources management’ and ‘demand management’ approaches and as such could ultimately address the problem of water security even in such places.

There is growing recognition, that rainwater harvesting could help in terms of water security but could also be useful in reducing the problems of flooding and polluted water problems if the management and technology are put in place in a timely manner. The team reiterates predictions from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that points to areas such as the countries of The Mediterranean where future climate change scenarios, forecast increasing periods of drought interspersed with intense and concentrated rainfall.

Rainwater harvesting can have a doubled-edged benefit in taking pressure of a scarce resource and at the same time putatively handling the problem of flooding at its source in many parts of the region.

Morote, A-F., Hernández, M. and Eslamian, S. (2020) ‘Rainwater harvesting in urban areas of developed countries. The state of the art (1980–2017)’, Int. J. Hydrology Science and Technology, Vol. 10, No. 5, pp.448–470.

Special issue published: "Swarm Intelligence-Based Optimisation and Scheduling in Networked Systems"

International Journal of Automation and Control 14(5/6) 2020

  • Multi-objective flexible flow shop batch scheduling problem with renewable energy
  • Hybrid fruit fly optimisation algorithm for field service scheduling problem
  • A comparative study on evolutionary algorithms for the agent routing problem in multi-point dynamic task
  • MR brain image segmentation using elite kinetic-molecular theory optimisation algorithm
  • A hierarchical parallel evolutionary algorithm of distributed and multi-threaded two-level structure for multi-satellite task planning
  • A comparative evaluation of PID-based optimisation controller algorithms for DC motor
  • Swarm intelligence-based optimisation algorithms: an overview and future research issues
  • Design and analysis of novel Chebyshev neural adaptive backstepping controller for boost converter fed PMDC motor
  • Performance optimisation of discrete time linear active disturbance rejection control approach

5 October 2020

Research pick: Integrated hydrogen storage for fuel cell cars - "Hydrogen storage system integrated with fuel cell"

There is a drive to displace fossil fuels in power generation and transport with sustainable alternatives. One approach that has been discussed over the last few decades is a future zero-carbon, hydrogen economy wherein hydrogen is generated from renewables and used to feed fuel cells in cars. Fuel cells are essentially electrical batteries that can be fed chemical energy continuously to generate electricity. Unfortunately, hydrogen gas is a hazardous substance and so safe storage in a fuel tank in such a vehicle has been a roadblock to advances in this area.

Now, Saumen Dutta and Sri Harshith Dosapati of Vellore Institute of Technology at VIT University, in Tamil Nadu, India, have discussed how hydrogen storage might be integrated into the vehicular fuel cell itself. Writing in “Progress in Industrial Ecology – An International Journal”, the team explains how switching to renewable is now of paramount importance given carbon emissions and their impact on climate as well as the likelihood that fossil fuel sources will become increasingly scarce or inaccessible for geological and political reasons.

The team’s work focuses on carbon nanotubes as a storage option for hydrogen as opposed to simply pressuring the gas which comes with the risk of explosion. Carbon nanotubes would provide a vast surface area within a small volume on to which hydrogen molecules would be adsorbed into a much more stable form than pressurized gas. They write that they have achieved uptake at a level of just over 1.14 weight percent at 50 megapascals of pressure at the relatively mild temperature of 283 Kelvin, nominally about 10 degrees above room temperature. The team used germanium-doped carbon nanotubes to achieve this.

They then coupled this storage system to a fuel cell and could demonstrate a constant flow rate of hydrogen into the fuel cell. The cell could consume this chemical energy source and steadily develop more than 10 kilowatts of power.

In a working vehicle, the team explains that lightweight composite materials could be used to contain the doped carbon nanotube powder and to ensure the pressure is maintained to facilitate storage. Some of the power generated would be required to maintain the contents of the integrated fuel tank at the requisite storage temperature of 283 Kelvin. Obviously, in hotter climates this would require a far smaller proportion of the fuel cell output than would be needed when driving in the cold. Optimisation of the synthetic and fabrication procedures for such a storage method would bring it closer to economic viability.

Dutta, S. and Dosapati, S.H. (2020) ‘Hydrogen storage system integrated with fuel cell’, Progress in Industrial Ecology – An International Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp.140–161.

2 October 2020

Special issue published: "Managing Hospitality and Tourism Organisations: Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise"

International Journal of Management Practice 13(5) 2020

  • Ethical leadership and service innovative behaviour of hotel employees: the role of organisational identification and proactive personality
  • Do the managers of boutique hotels value their tangible and intangible attributes in the same way as their guests?
  • Kaizen (continuous improvement) and systems thinking: exploring how kaizen facilitators operationalise values and assumptions
  • Alternative use of farmlands as tourism and leisure resources: diversification, innovations and competitiveness
  • Determinants of organisational context in management consulting
  • Exploration of the organic food-related consumer behaviour in emerging and developed economies: the case of India and the US

Special issue published: "Recent Advancements in Autonomous Devices for Real-World Applications"

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications 19(4) 2020

  • Improving network lifetime and speed for 6LoWPAN networks using machine learning
  • Smart airport management and flight service delay prediction using linear regression technique
  • Design of BTI sensor-based improved SRAM for mobile computing applications
  • Implementation and evaluation of a trust model with data integrity-based scheduling in cloud
  • Hybrid genetic algorithm in partial transmit sequence to improve OFDM
  • Adaptive beam forming of MIMO system using optimal steering vector with hybrid bacterial foraging optimisation algorithm for channel selection
  • Multiple data cost-based stereo matching method to generate dense disparity maps from images under radiometric variations
  • Neural network decoder for (7, 4) hamming code

Research pick: Logistics logic to reducing hotel food waste - "'Can food waste be reduced?’ An investigation into food waste management in hospitality industry"

Food waste is a growing problem for humanity. Vast tonnages of fresh food is lost because it never reaches the consumers for myriad reasons and similarly food that reaches individual consumers and food outlets is often not eaten before it perishes and must be disposed of.

Researchers from India and Qatar have looked at this problem in work published in the International Journal of Hospitality and Event Management. Their perspective is that of finding solutions to the problem for hotels by looking at food transportation infrastructure and by considering food portioning while serving the food to their customers. It is estimated that half of all solid food waste is generated by the hotel industry. They have worked with 210 members of management staff from 21 five-star hotels in their study.

“The results have indicated that logistical issues in the hotel industry play a very important role in the food wastage management,” the team writes, “This finding is in alignment with earlier research.” Hotels must adopt “Just-in-Time” principles in their logistics management to reduce food waste but also ensuring that sufficient food is available when it is needed to fulfils customer demands. The team adds that an additional benefit of improved and more efficient logistics management is that it can maintain a forward and reverse flow of information to the benefit of the hotels themselves and their suppliers. All of this will require the education of managers in the concepts of logistics and improved community awareness as well as finding ways to change attitudes towards food waste.

Nair, G.K., Choudhary, N. and Prasad, S. (2019) "'Can food waste be reduced?' An investigation into food waste management in hospitality industry", Int. J. Hospitality and Event Management, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp.135–154.

1 October 2020

New Editor for International Journal of Nuclear Knowledge Management

Dr. John W. Roberts from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Nuclear Knowledge Management.

Research pick: Rebooting the United Nations to avoid cyberwarfare - "Information and communication technology and cyber conflict: rethinking the role of the United Nations in world peace"

Information and communications technology (ICT) has always had a role in warfare by the broadest definition, from the rolled up scroll warning of advancing troops from the north, to the microdot-bearing carrier pigeon heading south, from the enigmatic encryption machines of World War to the technology of mutually assured destruction of the Cold War.

Of course, in the digital age of smartphones and tablet computers, the internet of things and remote sensors, ICT has an even sharper role to play. The concept of cyberwarfare has emerged into a reality that might see a so-called rogue state disabling critical infrastructure of a nation with which it sees conflict or indeed another nation exploiting the likes of social media to randomise the roll of the political device either in their favour or to nudge voters towards an unanticipated outcome in elections and referenda.

Segun Joshua, Faith Osasumwen Olanrewaju, Lady Adaina Ajayi, and Sunday Idowu of the Covenant University in Ota, Nigeria, writing in the International Journal of Electronic Governance, suggest that the global peace-promoting organisation that is the United Nations might struggle to cope with this new emerging dimension of warfare – cyberwar. They have examined ICT and the UN’s peace-keeping role and how the workings of the organisation perhaps require a rethink in order to maintain world peace.

Fundamentally, the study has found that the UN’s approach to cyberwarfare has so far been akin to its approach to conventional threats and this is a serious limitation. “The study finds that even though the UN has been applying the laws of armed conflict and some suggested norms to address the possible danger of cyber conflict, they seem not to be sufficient which can hamper state relations and threaten the fragile stability of the international system,” the team writes.

Cyberwarfare can escalate to the level of full-blown armed conflict and have far-reaching effects on societies around the world. A reboot of the UN this context must be placed high on the agenda to find ways to guard against that kind of conflict before it is too late. There will be a need to establish new rules that fill the gaps in international law holistically rather than being simple stopgaps. Nations must then be bound by these new laws so that warfare and cyberwarfare remain equally off-limits to ensure world peace.

Joshua, S., Olanrewaju, F.O., Ajayi, L.A. and Idowu, S. (2020) ‘Information and communication technology and cyber conflict: rethinking the role of the United Nations in world peace’, Int. J. Electronic Governance, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp.290–306.

30 September 2020

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems

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  • Japanese economic analysis using fuzzy autocorrelation model with fuzzy confidence intervals
  • Velocity control of a DC motor based on fractional order PI and IMC-based fractional order controllers
  • Ball and beam system control using PID-based ANFIS controllers
  • Research and simulation of piezo hydraulic actuator
  • Map-based navigation and control of mobile robots with surveillance cameras

Free open access article available: "Patterns of institutional change - the case of accounting regulation in BRICS countries"

The following paper, "Patterns of institutional change - the case of accounting regulation in BRICS countries" (International Journal of Economics and Accounting 9(3) 2020), is freely available for download as an open access article.

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Research pick: Opinion mining - "Study on microblog public opinion data mining algorithm based on multi-visual clustering model"

Public opinion on microblogging sites, such as Twitter, is randomly distributed and so data mining such information offers many challenges technically. Writing in the International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems, a team from China has now used a multi-visual clustering model to underpin a new algorithm to help them extract opinion from microblogging sites.

Lin-lin Li, Wei-zhen Hou, and Jing Liu of Renmin University of China in Beijing explain how microblogging often provides very timely and by virtue of its nature, succinct, public opinion data. Statistical analysis of such data might provide us with an almost real-time perspective on public opinion in various realms of activity whether political, commercial, artistic, scientific, or any other. Such opinion mining can help guide policy, marketing, and other areas of human endeavour so that it might jibe better with public opinion especially in areas of controversy.

The team has had much success but concedes that there is work still to do in removing invalid data prior to applying the algorithmic analysis. They also point out that there needs to be greater precision in the choice of experimental data so that the algorithm can be tuned to work more efficiently and efficaciously.

Li, L-l., Hou, W-z. and Liu, J. (2020) ‘Study on microblog public opinion data mining algorithm based on multi-visual clustering model‘, Int. J. Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp.151-165.

29 September 2020

Special issue published: "Trends in Automotive Green Technologies"

Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal 14(2) 2020

  • A comparative study of performance and emission characteristics of a diesel engine using various non-edible extracts
  • Experimental investigation on lean burn spark ignition engine using alcohol-gasoline blends
  • Assessment of performance, emission and combustion characteristics of dual-fuel engine with exhaust gas recirculation
  • Investigation on emission reduction potential of nickel and zinc coated catalytic converters
  • Hydrogen storage system integrated with fuel cell
  • Automotive air-conditioning system technology: a review

Research pick: Raising the curtain on cyborg theatre - "Interactive fiction video games as cyborg theatre. A postphenomenological approach"

Michail Kouratoras of the Department of Film, Television and Scenography at Aalto University in Finland has investigated the notion of cyborg theatre as defined by Jennifer Parker-Starbuck in 2011 in the context of video games. In Parker-Starbuck’s definition, the organic world of people is merged for theatrical effect with technology. The roots of the concept lie in the fictional world of Frankensteins’ “monster”, “The Cybermen” of Doctor Who fame, “The Borg” of Star Trek, and countless other fanciful creations wherein the organic and the inorganic are fused, hybridised or otherwise melded into allegorical creations for entertainment and edification.

The cyborg may be fanciful but it is a powerful fancy in fiction and, as real-world technology evolves, we begin to see that fictional fusion emerging through what we might call bionic prosthetics. Where such concepts will lead obviously remains to be seen, we are very much at the dawn of that era. Kouratoras, however, has focused on the contemporary, real-time, three-dimensional and avatar-based interactive fiction video game genre as a model for how cyborg theatre itself is evolving.

As such, he has looked at how the gamer becomes a “real” actor or player within the game. One might look to an episode of the TV series Black Mirror, specifically “Striking Vipers” as an extension of this notion wherein the game players can actually be transported mentally into the action of the game and experience it is reality. Such a scenario is an entirely fictional construct and may always remain so. But, playing a game does become a performance when a player becomes as immersed as is possible in the experience, perhaps even more so when connected to a community of other players.

The converse, where augmented reality is utilised in the real world as a component of a game, is of course, already possible and well known with games such as Pokémon GO. In such games, the virtual world is overlaid on reality through the screen of a portable gaming device. Where the worlds collide we will see new entertaining and edifying scenarios arise. Moreover, where those bionic prosthetics become an increasing reality, we might also so virtuality overlaid on reality in physical ways. It will be interesting to see who emerges from the wings as the cyborg theatrical directors, who the actors are, and who keeps an eye on the evolving script and carries out the safety checks

Kouratoras, M. (2020) ‘Interactive fiction video games as cyborg theatre. A postphenomenological approach’, Int. J. Arts and Technology, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp.197–217.

Special issue published: "Multi-Objective Design and Structural Optimisation of Vehicle Components with Nature-Inspired Optimisation Algorithms"

International Journal of Vehicle Design 80(2/3/4) 2019

  • Determination of dynamic axle load using suspension deflection method for the load distribution optimisation of multi-axle vehicles
  • Grey wolf optimiser in design of leaf springs of railway vehicles
  • Optimal design of planetary gear train for automotive transmissions using advanced meta-heuristics
  • Robust topology optimisation design of the guiding arm bracket for vehicle suspension
  • Automated design of aircraft fuselage stiffeners using multiobjective evolutionary optimisation
  • Comparison of recent algorithms for many-objective optimisation of an automotive floor-frame
  • Optimisation of pedestrian detection system using FPGA-CPU hybrid implementation for vehicle industry
  • Multi-surrogate-assisted metaheuristics for crashworthiness optimisation
  • A comparative study on the optimal non-linear seat and suspension design for an electric vehicle using different population-based optimisation algorithms
  • HKn-RVEA: a novel many-objective evolutionary algorithm for car side impact bar crashworthiness problem
  • Mechanical engineering design optimisation using novel adaptive differential evolution algorithm
  • Experimental and numerical fatigue-based design optimisation of clutch diaphragm spring in the automotive industry

25 September 2020

Special issue published: "Computational Intelligence Paradigms in Recommender Systems and Online Social Networks"

International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems 13(2) 2020

  • Research on information popularity prediction of multimedia network based on fast K proximity algorithm
  • Design of multivariable big data mobile analysis platform based on collaborative filtering recommendation algorithm
  • User privacy protection algorithm of perceptual recommendation system based on group recommendation
  • Study on microblog public opinion data mining algorithm based on multi-visual clustering model
  • Automatic detection method of OSN content vulnerabilities based on big data analysis
  • Research on cloud computing user privacy protection based on dynamic adaptive ant colony algorithm
  • Personalised recommendation algorithm for social network based on two-dimensional correlation

Research pick: Teaching cynicism - "Cynicism, autonomy and job satisfaction: evidence from teaching profession"

Research published in the International Journal of Management in Education has sought to ascertain whether there is a relationship between the psychological characteristics of cynicism, autonomy, and job satisfaction in teachers. Navaneethakrishnan Kengatharan of the University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka has integrated the theories of conservation of resources, reasoned action and affective events to see whether this is a valid hypothesis.

The research collected data from more than 700 teachers working in state schools across Sri Lanka. A statistical analysis then revealed a positive relationship between cognitive cynicism and affective cynicism. Further, it confirmed a mediating relationship between cognitive cynicism and teacher job satisfaction through affective cynicism. In other words, feeling cynical and being actively cynical feed on each other and lead to dissatisfaction in the workplace for teachers so affected.

Such findings can be used to guide management style and have the aim of avoiding complacency and failures at that level that lead to frustration, irritation, and cynicism in teachers. Conversely, mentoring or counselling of teachers would also improve autonomy and their perception of their work given such improved management and thus lead to better teaching standards and students in their charge who are ultimately more academically successful.

Kengatharan, N. (2020) ‘Cynicism, autonomy and job satisfaction: evidence from teaching profession’, Int. J. Management in Education, Vol. 14, No. 5, pp.471–493.

Research pick: Growing plastic waste - "The growing global plastic waste problem – lessons for environmental economics policy design and choice"

Humanity is facing many serious problems at the moment, notwithstanding the global viral pandemic that is Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2. Global warming and congener climate change are still with us, water and food security are increasingly problematic for millions of people, and the amount of plastic waste we are generating simply grows and grows.

Kwami Adanu of the Department of Economics at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, in Accra, writing in the International Journal of Green Economics, considers this latter problem. He looks at the lessons policymakers and others might learn in terms of environmental economics.

The research looks at how an environmental solutions decision-making tree might be used together with a plastic waste market to reverse this problem. Some obvious advice for policymakers emerges from the approach such as banning non-recyclable plastic bags, employing centres in that “market” that are both producer- and consumer-run would be more successful, the introduction of taxation to fiscally control the physical problem is also suggested. A putatively controversial finding from the study is that burning plastic waste may well be the only way to dispose of accumulated waste. Although such burning generates pollution, there are ways to remediate that to an extent and the heat generated can be put to good use in powering the plant or heating local homes in colder regions.

Given that common economic policy tools have so far failed us in reducing plastic waste, it is time for radical new thinking, the research suggests.

Adanu, K. (2020) ‘The growing global plastic waste problem – lessons for environmental economics policy design and choice’, Int. J. Green Economics, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp.121–134.

24 September 2020

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing are now available here for free:
  • Topics and research trends of health clubs management: will innovation be part of the fitness industry research interests?
  • Psychological contract fulfilment and innovative work behaviours of employees in sport-based SBEs: the mediating role of organisational citizenship
  • Explicating professional boxers' narrative dynamics towards competitive aggressiveness and potential market entry
  • Like it or not? The differences between and success factors of sports providers' use of social networking sites
  • Motivation and high performance sports events: an exploratory investigation of the motives underlying repeated participation
  • Intellectual capital assets and brand value of English football clubs

Special issue published: "Sports Marketing Agenda Revisited"

International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing 20(1/2) 2020

  • Perceived fan associations with MLB teams: bask inspite of reflected failure versus cut off reflected success
  • The brand attachment and consumer behaviour in sports marketing contexts: the case of football fans in Portugal
  • Relationships as strategic assets: a sport fan equity approach
  • An advancement in the study of marketing partnership longevity: analysing sport sponsorship survival
  • The structure, content and context of achieved celebrity brands: a study of footballers in their brandscapes
  • The role of patriotism in the city-brand-sport-event relationship
  • Perceived motivation in football/futsal practice according to players and coaches approaches: a tool of strategic management
  • Determinants of the intention to participate in semi-marathons events

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Precision Technology

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  • Effect of cutting edge radius on 'burnishing-like' mechanism in micromachining
  • Performance optimisation of electrochemical micromachining of micro-holes on Inconel 625 alloy
  • Improvement of micro-EDM performances with aid of vibration
  • Study on nanofinishing of SS304 flat surfaces using electrochemical honing process
  • Effect of NiCr on dry sliding wear of high carbon iron-molybdenum composite plasma spray coating

23 September 2020

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from International Conference on Industrial and Manufacturing Systems (CIMS-2020) for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Industrial and Manufacturing Systems (CIMS-2020) (9-11 October 2020, Dr B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar (an institute of National Importance), Punjab, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

Research pick: What drives a musical revolution? - "Arnold Schoenberg’s embrace of atonality: a brief case study for music educators"

Art takes twists and turns. It finds new ways for humanity to express itself through sound and vision and all of our other senses and sensibilities. When the avant-garde sharpens a new cutting edge buy discovering a new way to work with new materials, and new equipment we see that expression expand beyond the realms of imagination of the earlier generation of creators.

This applies to all artistic media whether we are considering paintings, sculpture, dance, theatre, novels and novellas, poetry, perhaps even food and drink, but nowhere more so than in the realm of music. Some composers hone their art way beyond what is considered normal, they deliberately deviate from the norm, some more than others. Music in the abstract is often atonal in what one might think of as analogous manner to a work by drip paint modern artist Pollock is visually atonal.

Writing in the International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, Alexi Harkiolakis of The American College of Greece, in Paraskevi, has considered the music of Arnold Schoenberg and how the composer embraced atonality. Harkiolakis is a student at the college but previously studied music composition with Greek composer Spiros Mazis and electric jazz guitar at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory with Yiannis Giannakos. He also studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

Harkiolakis is keen to understand what is needed to start a revolution in art, specifically a musical revolution. A revolution, he suggests, begins with an idea. Schoenberg had several big ideas…first the free atonal style and then the 12-tone method of composition, and others. Schoenberg’s earlier works sound surprisingly tonal, albeit highly chromatic, explains Harkiolakis. Chromatic meaning not adhering to conventional scales and musical modes, but using all the tones and semitones across the musical scale without necessarily considering a strict key signature. In other words, in the scale of C major one would use only the piano’s white keys to progress through the scale C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C, the conventional “Doh-Rae-Me”. Whereas a chromatic scale would utilise the black notes too, the sharps and flats and so we might progress C-C#-D-D#-E-F-F# and so on. Mixing notes out of conventional key signatures is often described as having atonality whereas conventional melodies might be thought of as being more natural and tonal.

In a case study of Schoenberg’s work, the Second String Quartet Op. 10 for string quartet and solo soprano, Harkiolakis examines and analyses the musical, personal, and socio-political factors that may have influenced Schoenberg to abandon his late romantic style in favour of this kind of free atonality. In exploring the musical, personal, and societal motives that could have played a part in driving Schoenberg towards this revolutionary style, Harkiolakis finds that it is rather unlikely that a single factor was the spark for this particular revolution, rather several disparate factors fed the musical revolutionary flames.

Whatever the spark, kindling or tinder might have been, a quote from Schoenberg writing in 1937 offers us an insight that suggests that it was an inner drive that pushed him to new places:

"I knew I had to fulfil a task, I had to express what was necessary to be expressed and I knew I had the duty of developing my ideas for the sake of progress in music, whether I liked it or not."

Harkiolakis, A. (2020) "Arnold Schoenberg’s embrace of atonality: a brief case study for music educators", Int. J. Teaching and Case Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp.95–104.

22 September 2020

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from 22nd Annual Conference on Finance and Accounting (ACFA 2021) for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 22nd Annual Conference on Finance and Accounting (ACFA 2021) (3-4 June 2021, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Artificial Intelligence Facilities Smart Cities Development" (includes free Open Access article)

International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation 16(2) 2020

  • Time-to-contact control: improving safety and reliability of autonomous vehicles
  • SmartGC: a software architecture for garbage collection in smart cities
  • A novel squeeze YOLO-based real-time people counting approach [FREE OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE]
  • A variant of EAM to uncover community structure in complex networks
  • Nanoindentation analysis comparing dragonfly-inspired biomimetic micro-aerial vehicle (BMAV) wings
  • Integrated deteriorating maintenance and patient scheduling for single medical device with heuristic algorithm

Free open access article available: "A novel squeeze YOLO-based real-time people counting approach"

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Research pick: Making biodiesel with green solvents - "Ionic liquids as solvents in biodiesel production"

Green solvents for making biodiesel would reduce the environmental impact of such fuels still further. Writing in the World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, a team from India discusses the potential of ionic liquids in this field.

Biodiesel is a sustainable alternative to conventional oil-derived biodiesel in that it can be manufactured from resources such as waste organic matter from agriculture, the food industry, or even household refuse. It can also be made from crops grown especially for its production. There is, however, a need for volatile organic solvents at various stages of the manufacturing process and these liquids usually come with their own environmental impact. Biodiesel is usually made by trans esterifying vegetable oil or animal fat feedstock with the help of organic and inorganic solvents.

As such, “greener” alternatives are keenly sought. A. Anitha and D. Jini of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science in Chennai, explain how ionic liquids might represent such an alternative.

Ionic liquids are non-volatile and non-flammable. They also have low toxicity. This is in sharp contrast with highly volatile, flammable, and toxic organic solvents currently used. Such green credentials have made them a focus for a number of research teams around the world in a wide range of chemical disciplines. Intriguingly, they are nothing more than ionic salts that happen to be liquid at or close to room temperature. However, this character endows them with some unique solvating properties that make them ideal for many applications.

“Energy utilisation across the world has been increasing at a steady rate from 1971 and the demand for energy is projected to increase by 55% at the end of 2030. Fossil fuels are not renewable and would be exhausted within 40–60 years even if the rate of consumption remains constant,” the team writes. So, not only are alternatives more environmentally friendly they will ultimately be essential to keep up with energy demand. Ionic fluids can support the enzymatic conversion of feedstock to biodiesel as well as being useful in product purification. They can even be the catalyst themselves for carrying out the necessary reactions. Despite their current high price when compared to organic solvents, they are much more readily reusable, which would reduce environmental impact still further and ultimately costs.

Anitha, A. and Jini, D. (2020) ‘Ionic liquids as solvents in biodiesel production’, World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp.122–140.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services are now available here for free:
  • The influence of social media on destination choice of Omani pleasure travellers
  • A critical review analysis about the movie Ratatouille and its impact on culinary tourism
  • The role of FDA enforcement in misleading product labelling claims in hospitality
  • Perceptions of top management about the total rewards statement: a case study in the retail sector
  • A case study of Apple v. Samsung and how big data analytics might have changed the outcome
  • How ethics impacts hacktivism: a reflection of events
  • Exploring entrepreneurial architecture for the service industries: the emerging role of storytelling in higher education

21 September 2020

Special issue published: "Intelligent Sensor Data Processing, Mobile Telecommunications and Air Traffic Control"

International Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems 12(3) 2020

  • Application level extension of bandwidth management in radio access network
  • Flight safety sensor and auto-landing system of unmanned aerial system
  • Performance of VWM algorithm in the presence of impulse noise and resizing
  • Design and optimisation of bio-inspired robotic stochastic search strategy
  • Influence of optimal pair-wise SUS algorithm on MU-MIMO-OFDM system performance
  • The effect of background and outlier subtraction on the structural entropy of two-dimensional measured data
  • A fuzzy decision maker to determine optimal starting time of shiftable loads in the smart grids
  • Evaluation research on green degree of equipment manufacturing industry based on improved particle swarm optimisation algorithm
  • Network security situation detection of internet of things for smart city based on fuzzy neural network

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics

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  • Increased bone conducted vibration reduces motion sickness in automated vehicles
  • Exploring the concept of passenger well-being in the context of automated driving
  • Application of a sense of coherence-based leadership for productivity and health at Scania
  • Factors influencing employees' intention to apply ergonomics at workplaces: a cultural perspective
  • A front- and rear-view assistant for older cyclists: evaluations on technical performance, user experience and behaviour
  • A theoretical model of human-automation interaction grounded in resource allocation policy during automated driving

Thematic issue published: "Intellectual Property – International Perspectives"

International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy 6(1) 2020

  • Connecting and protecting knowledge from different disciplines into sensible toolbox approaches in medium-sized cities: the case of liminal city Cadasters
  • Analysis of a Blockchain-based website using the technology acceptance model: the case of Save Ideas
  • Improving competitiveness between EU rural regions through access to tertiary education and sources of innovation
  • Evaluation of Save-ideas intellectual property protection concept
  • What can be learned from Israel by the European Union in the field of innovation?
  • Additional papers
  • Economic diplomacy in small countries: a four-action plan for the Cayman Islands
  • The handling of people smuggling involving foreign nationals as efforts to safeguard Indonesian territories

18 September 2020

Special issue published: "Data Science and Applications"

International Journal of Computational Intelligence Studies 9(3) 2020

  • Information technology performance management by artificial intelligence in microfinance institutions: an overview
  • Intelligent intrusion detection system using multilayer perceptron optimised by genetic algorithm
  • QoE in video streaming over ad hoc networks: comparison and analysis of AODV and OLSR routing protocols
  • Efficient of bitmap join indexes for optimising star join queries in relational data warehouses
Additional paper
  • Application of computational intelligence techniques for internet of things: an extensive survey

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy

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  • Elusive partners: defining Canada's relationship with Brazil in the 21st century
  • Feudalism, ethnic conflicts and economic geography: political economy of ECO countries
  • Diplomatic engagement with transnational corporations: a path to sustainable governance
  • Effects of different types of framing in advertising messages on human decision behaviour
  • Transaction costs in international production and trade, and the demand for government intervention: a survey amongst entrepreneurs in the Netherlands

Special issue published: "Advanced Nanoscale Devices/Mems/Nems for Application in Microsystems"

International Journal of Nanoparticles 12(3) 2020

  • Wideband piezoelectric energy harvester design using parallel connection of multiple beams
  • Vertically-stacked silicon nanosheet field effect transistors at 3 nm technology nodes - simulation at nanoscale
  • Line outage identification using comparison of bus power mismatch considering PMU outage
  • Comparative analysis of silicon nano tube FET for switching applications using high K and work function modulation

17 September 2020

Special issue published: "Financial Management and Market Development in Emerging Economies"

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies 13(4) 2020

  • Transmission of Japanese government bond and swap markets under negative interest rate policy
  • Loan securitisation and accounting measurement methods in banks
  • Factors affecting household debt in Thailand
  • The antecedents of financial literacy: a study on college students
  • The effect of enterprise risk management and sustainability reporting quality on performance: evidence from Southeast Asia countries
  • Outcome improvement of vocational training: focusing on the changeover from satisfaction evaluation to trainee evaluation
  • Why do the late middle-aged choose self-employment?: determinants of self-employment at older ages
  • Research of organisational environment for staff performance improving: case of the small Trade Metal Company, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation
  • Measuring labour contributions in the creation of added value in creative industries
  • Testing on productivity transition in Thai economy through the lens of state space model
  • Evaluation of perceived socio-cultural context in museum visitor experience: combining the theory of planned behaviour and the norm activation model
  • An analysis of factors affecting the company performance of creative footwear industries in Bandung, Indonesia
  • Earnings management, earnings quality, and culture: cross-country studies
  • Analysis of supply chain advantages in creative businesses: a case study on creative industries in Bandung City, Indonesia

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Computational Intelligence Studies

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  • The connectivity and the static-cost-effective analysis of a shifted completely connected network
  • Improving bug report quality by predicting correct component in bug reports
  • Robust estimation of IIR system's parameter using modified particle swarm optimisation algorithm
  • Scalable keyword-based search and data manipulation on encrypted data
  • Suitability and importance of deep learning feature space in the domain of text categorisation
  • Design of fractional order PID controller for heat flow system using hybrid particle swarm optimisation and gravitational search algorithm
  • Impact of C-factor on PSO for solar PV-based BLDC motor drive control
  • Nonlinear time series forecasting using a novel self-adaptive TLBO-MFLANN model

Free open access article available: "Human factors validation for a rheumatoid arthritis auto-injector for the adalimumab biosimilar FKB327"

The following paper, "Human factors validation for a rheumatoid arthritis auto-injector for the adalimumab biosimilar FKB327" (International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics 7(2) 2020), is freely available for download as an open access article.

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Research pick: "India adopting shared ride-hailing in India"

India is the third most polluted nation much of it derived from vehicle exhaust gases. As such, there is an urgent need to address this problem through improved transport infrastructure and technology. One possible way of reducing the number of vehicles on the roads and so lower pollution somewhat is through car-sharing on the daily commute. However, a parallel concept of shared taxi rides might offer a similar reduction in pollution by reducing the need for personal car ownership.

Writing in the International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, Pooja Goel of the University of Delhi and Piali Haldar of Sharda University, discuss the potential and acceptance of shared ride-hailing in India. Projections suggest that shared hail-riding will account for more than a third of all car miles travelled. This estimate was made prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, which may well curtail the adoption of shared transport in the short term and push this date further into the future.

The present study focuses on the perceived benefits of shared ride-hailing services and shows how educating the public in the benefits of such an approach to transport might nudge them to abandon car ownership or to aspiring to car ownership. Future studies may well highlight the effects of perceived risks and trust on intention to participate in sharing mobility.

Goel, P. and Haldar, P. (2020) ‘Shared ride-hailing service in India: an analysis of consumers’ intention to adopt’, Int. J. Business and Emerging Markets, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp.336–353.

16 September 2020

Special issue published: "Machine Learning Algorithms for the Era of Integrated Internet of Things and Mobile Edge Computing"

International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions 10(5) 2020

  • An early prevention method for node failure in wireless sensor networks
  • Hybrid machine learning model for healthcare monitoring systems
  • Performance evaluation of ICI self-cancellation schemes in fractional wavelet-based OFDM system
  • Survey of methodologies for quantifying software reliability
  • Prevention of rushing attack in MANET using threshold-based approach
  • A queuing theory model for e-health cloud applications
  • EC(DH)2: an effective secured data storage mechanism for cloud based IoT applications using elliptic curve and Diffie-Hellman
  • Automated intelligent public lighting system

Special issue published: "Empowering the Digital Economy: Opportunities and Challenges"

International Journal of Business Information Systems 35(1) 2020

  • Social media practices in Indonesian SMEs
  • Online store image effect on perceived risks towards online purchasing behaviour
  • Exploring travellers booking factors through online booking agency
  • Factors influencing electronic banking continuance usage intention in developing economies: a study of Nigeria
  • Enhancing information technology-related skills among accounting practitioners

Special issue published: "Strategic Entrepreneurship in a Vuca Environment: Perspectives from Asian Emerging Economies"

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing 12(4) 2020

  • Resource allocation between exploration and exploitation strategies: a case study of a Malaysian SME family firm
  • Entrepreneurial marketing orientation of young SME owners in Indonesia
  • Global competition strategies for Indonesian SMEs
  • Integrated clustering of creative industries to foster innovation: Bandung's creative industries
  • State-assisted entrepreneurial ventures: the case of aquacultural development and the seafood industry in Hong Kong

Research pick: The limits on speed reading by RSVP - "Speed reading using Spritz has a cost: limits when reading a short text"

Lots of people can read quickly and then there are readers who have learned techniques known as speed reading. This allows a reader to get through printed text at a much higher than normal rate, sometimes as fast as several hundred words per minute. A collaboration between researchers in Italy and Spain has demonstrated that one particular speed-reading technique has a tradeoff in comprehension at that kind of reading rate when it is sustained at more than 250 words per minute for five minutes or more.

Francesco Di Nocera of the Department of Psychology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy and colleagues there and in Spain have looked at Spritz an app that allows one to speed read by offering rapid serial visual presentation. They tested readers’ comprehension of a short piece of text when they used Spritz to read at rates of 250, 350, and 450 words per minute.

Given that comprehension is the main goal of reading not simply the need to scan through a stream of words, the team suggests that users should be made aware that speed reading for five minutes or more even at just 250 words per minute for most users will lead to a deficit in their understanding of what they have “read”. Such an insight might also be worth noting among those people using Spritz and similar software on their smartphone or other mobile device who have dyslexia, visual impairment, and other problems so that those people are fully aware of the limitations they might face in understanding a piece of text. Given that the app has been used to address several reading difficulty issues by educators, this work could provide a foundation for improving its use by lots of disparate readers.

Ricciardi, O., Calvani, G., Palmero, F., Juola, J.F. and Di Nocera, F. (2020) ‘Speed reading using Spritz has a cost: limits when reading a short text’, Int. J. Human Factors and Ergonomics, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp.161–173.

15 September 2020

Research pick: The cardboard crash helmet - "Biomechanical performance of a bicycle helmet design on a six-year-old head impact protection"

In the age of plastic waste, the environmentally conscious are hoping to replace many of the common materials, such as expanded polystyrene in everyday objects with sustainable and recyclable materials. Now, researchers in China report successful crash tests of a new bicycle safety helmet that uses honeycombed and corrugated cardboard instead of polymer foam to provide protection.

The team describes details of the design, its environmental benefits and the positive results from crash-test simulations. Bei Li, Haiyan Li, Shihai Cui, Lijuan He, and Shijie Ruan of the Centre for Injury Biomechanics and Vehicle Safety, at Tianjin University of Science and Technology in Tianjin provide details in the International Journal of Vehicle Safety.

For youngsters on cycles, accidents often end with a blow to the head, which can be fatal or even lead to life-changing injuries and disability. As such all cyclists, young and old are encouraged to wear a safety helmet that will offer some degree of protection should they fall from their bicycle in any kind of accident and risk an impact to the head. Indeed, children’s head injury and loss of consciousness has been shown to be 63 and 86 percent less, respectively, when helmets are worn.

The team has now demonstrated that the same safety profile might be possible with cardboard crash helmets that have the added benefit of being fabricated from sustainable resources and precluding the addition of yet more plastic waste to the environment.

Li, B., Li, H., Cui, S., He, L. and Ruan, S. (2020) ‘Biomechanical performance of a bicycle helmet design on a six-year-old head impact protection’, Int. J. Vehicle Safety, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp.197–213.

14 September 2020

Special issue published: "Recent Trends and Developments of Computer Vision and Image Processing"

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology 13(3) 2020

  • An approach for infrared image pedestrian classification based on local directional pixel structure elements' descriptor
  • An efficient image system-based grey wolf optimiser method for multimedia image security using reduced entropy-based 3D chaotic map
  • Calibre fuzzy c-means algorithm applied for retinal blood vessel detection
  • Effective image stego intrusion detection system using statistical footprints of the steganogram and fusion of classifiers
  • Incipient knowledge in protein folding kinetics states prophecy using deep neural network-based ensemble classifier
  • Type-specific classification of bronchogenic carcinomas using bi-layer mutated particle swarm optimisation
  • Effective user preference mining-based personalised movie recommendation system
  • Steganographic approach to enhance the data security in public cloud

New Editor for International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance

Dr. Matteo Rossi from the University of Sannio in Italy has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance.

Research pick: Covid and commercial research decline - "COVID-19 effect on the research-innovation-commercialisation phenomena"

Inevitably, the rapid spread of an emergent and potentially lethal virus around the world has led to huge disruption of normal life. With talk of a new-normal in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we do not yet have any way of knowing what that might be. Work published in the International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation has looked at the effect of the pandemic on the phenomenon of research innovation and commercialization.

Alberto Boretti of the College of Engineering at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, explains that the economic downturn we are experiencing as the pandemic circulates will have a detrimental effect on almost all research and development budgets. He suggests that the pharmaceutical industry may well receive special funds given its unique position in being an essential part of the fight against the current pandemic and the need for vigilance and preparedness for the next emergent pathogen. He also suggests that the health sector as well as surveillance and defense, communications, digital markets, and distance education may also see some relief from governments and funding bodies. Investment in almost every other area of R&D is expected to plummet.

With no vaccine expected to be available until at least 2021 and no targeted antiviral drugs, it has been necessary to attempt to control the disease through political and legal controls, such as curfews, halting sports and entertainment, massively reduced air travel, social lockdowns, social distancing, and other measures. However, the so-called “second wave” is becoming apparent in the UK at the time of writing.

Many other nations have not achieved real control of the virus where strict lockdowns were entirely unfeasible for geographical and sociological reasons such as population density, a lack of protective infrastructure, and poor water and food security. Natural disasters, such as forest fires and civil unrest following episodes of police brutality, and the ongoing climate crisis have also been part of the undercurrent of 2020. What impact these have had on the ease with which the virus spreads is for future retrospective studies to determine.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has anticipated international commerce to fall by 13% to 32% in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic disturbs normal economic activity and life around the globe, Boretti says. Regarding these predictions proposed only a few weeks ago, it is likely the impact will be even worse than the worst-case scenario considered, he adds. The sharp decline in gross domestic product (GDP) will have a negative impact on R&D expenditure, as it always does. The opportunity to innovate and commercialize new products will decline enormously. “The future for research in 2020 does not look bright at all,” Boretti concludes.

Boretti, A. (2020) ‘COVID-19 effect on the research-innovation-commercialisation phenomena’, Int. J. Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.73–82.

Research pick: Finding a job on Facebook - "Professional uses of Facebook amongst university students in relation to searching for jobs: an exploration of activities and behaviours"

Independent social media researcher Sophia Alimhas worked with Ibrahim AlShourbaji of the Computer and Network engineering Department at Jazan University in Saudi Arabia to investigate how Facebook is being used in a serious way by students to help them find employment.

Writing in the International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, the team questioned more than 100 students from around the world about their Facebook activity and behaviour with respect to employment. Their statistical analysis of the survey results shows that networking with businesses was the most popular career-related activity carried out by students on Facebook. Moreover, they saw a moderate positive correlation between the amount of time a student would spend on such Facebook networking on a daily basis and the number of job offers they received.

Given that Facebook has well over 2500 million users around the world and hundreds of thousands of companies using it, it is perhaps no surprise that many people are utilizing the service in more serious, professional ways. This new research hints at some of that activity although the small sample size perhaps offers a limited perspective given the much bigger numbers that might be surveyed in future work.

“Research is needed to look into the factors which can affect job searching when students use Facebook or any other social media platforms on a bigger scale. What do career advisors and students think about which types of contacts are the best options for job searching,” the team concludes.

Alim, S. and AlShourbaji, I. (2020) ‘Professional uses of Facebook amongst university students in relation to searching for jobs: an exploration of activities and behaviours’, Int. J. Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp.200–229.

11 September 2020

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Data Science

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Data Science are now available here for free:
  • Selection of 'K' in K-means clustering using GA and VMA
  • Continuous skyline queries in distributed environment
  • Privacy preserving solution to prevent classification inference attacks in online social networks
  • Survey on iterative and incremental approaches in distributed computing environment
  • An improved algorithm to handle noise objects in the process of clustering

New Editor for Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development

Prof. Zafar U. Ahmed from the Academy for Global Business Advancement in the USA has been appointed to take over editorship of the Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development.

Research pick: A right to water - "The right to water as a fundamental human right in Poland and worldwide"

Access to drinking water is a fundamental human right, argues research published in the International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies. Jarosław Kowalski of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, in Lublin, Poland, suggests that climate change, population growth, and burgeoning industrial and agricultural complexes with their growing demands for water mean increasingly that a lack of access to drinking water is an increasingly serious problem for millions of people.

The protection of human rights has been an important problem in the modern world and it is addressed by governments, international organisations, non-governmental organizations, and ordinary people,” explains Kowalski. “Changes in the world trigger changes in the way we think and perceive human rights. The challenges of the 1950s and 1960s are sometimes still relevant, but there are many new issues that we must face today.

Kowalski suggests that we need to enshrine in international and local law the concept of access to drinking water as a fundamental human right. Once it is accepted as a human right, the rules and regulations that affect our response to climate change and how we regulate water usage in industry and agriculture with respect to water supply can be more effectively implemented to ensure that nobody dies of thirst.

Kowalski, J. (2020) ‘The right to water as a fundamental human right in Poland and worldwide’, Int. J. Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp.233-246.

10 September 2020

International Journal of Services and Standards to invite expanded papers from the Taiwan edition of its annual conference for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Journal of Services and Standards Annual Conference (29-30 June 2021, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Taiwan) will be invited for review and potential publication by the International Journal of Services and Standards.

Research pick: Collaborative algorithms at the movies - "A collaborative content-based movie recommender system"

Friends’ movie recommendations are welcomed by a lot of film buffs, but sometimes you might want to catch a movie that fits your taste better, based on particular criteria so that you get something that you will almost certainly enjoy. Enter the movie recommendation engine.

Writing in the International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining, researchers from Nigeria have turned to a statistical tool known as Pearson’s correlation coefficient to help them build a new type of movie recommendation engine. Bolanle Adefowoke Ojokoh of the Department of Computer Science at the Federal University of Technology in Akure, Nigeria, and colleagues explain that their approach brings artificial intelligence to personal recommendations. The coefficient allowing collaborative filtering of data based not only on numerical analysis of the data but also the determination of linear relationships among users.

The team tested their approach on datasets assimilate from hundreds of local video shops and information extracted from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and ratings by those who have already seen the hundreds of movies analysed. They also added a parental control function to make it child friendly. When they had volunteers test the recommendations the system generated they found that almost 96 percent of users found the recommendations agreeable.

“The system allows new users to be given more personalised recommendations. It also allows users with similar rating patterns to influence the prediction of items,” the team writes. “Our approach offers a more efficient way of managing the cold-start problem in movie recommendation,” they conclude.

Ojokoh, B.A., Aboluje, O.O. and Igbe, T. (2020) ‘A collaborative content-based movie recommender system’, Int. J. Business Intelligence and Data Mining, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp.298–320.

Special issue published: "Service Platforms in Grid Computing – Recent Advances and Future Trends"

International Journal of Web and Grid Services 16(3) 2020

  • Unconstrained temporal inconsistency checking of natural language in webpage
  • Energy consumption optimisation based on mobile edge computing in power grid internet of things nodes
  • Resource scheduling of information platform for general grid computing framework
  • Green lighting intelligent control system with web services based on back propagation algorithm
  • A memory-based task scheduling algorithm for grid computing based on heterogeneous platform and homogeneous tasks
  • Distributed data mining in grid computing environment
  • Association rules mining in parallel conditional tree based on grid computing inspired partition algorithm

9 September 2020

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion are now available here for free:
  • Human emotion detection based on questionnaire and text analysis
  • Analysis of the relationship of happiness to economic achievement and other factors in US states
  • The emotion work of nurses in a person-centred care model
  • Patient emotional support and healthcare organisational performance and effectiveness
  • Emotional labour in non-governmental organisations: narrative analysis and theory expansion

Special issue published: "Sustainability Through Mindfulness"

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation 17(2/3) 2020

  • Investigating consumer intention to adopt mobile payment systems: an Indian perspective
  • An empirical research of effect of flight airline services on the satisfaction of operational populace
  • Creating a mindful organisation by redefining PMS in police organisations: a balance scorecard approach
  • Analysing impact of S&P mid cap and small cap returns on BSE Sensex returns
  • Analysis of benchmarking practices in Indian banking sector
  • To study the parallel mediation effect of consumer trust and consumer satisfaction between web interface features and consumer purchase intentions
  • The role of subjective norms in purchase behaviour of green FMCG products
  • The interesting story of participatory notes in India
  • Relationship of problems and personal risk with customer service in use of digital wallet: a path analysis model
  • A multidimensional role of social media as marketing tool: a review of literature

Research pick: An electronic nose for wine - "Age identification of Chinese rice wine using electronic nose"

Researchers in China have applied an array of sensors, an electronic nose, that can sniff bouquet of rice wine and offer an estimate of the vintage. Writing in the International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, the scientists explain how their artificial olfactory system takes data from sensors sampling a rice wine and uses a computer to carry out a statistical analysis of the signals to give an essentially 100 percent accurate age for the wine.

Wei Ding, Peiyi Zhu, and Ya Gu of the Changshu Institute of Technology in Jiangsu explain how they can quickly record a profile of the volatile substances present in a rice wine sample using a Taguchi Gas Sensor. The data from samples of known vintage can then be used to train an algorithm that applies a range of analytical statistical methods to find a correlation between the chemical profile of those volatile compounds and the age of the rice wine. When the system is then presented with a sample of an unknown wine the training process works in reverse to extract a profile and suggest a vintage.

The team reports that their early tests using Linear Discriminant Analysis as the statistical method could give them an accuracy a little short of 100 percent and at that level could not distinguish between wines that were made within a year or so of each other. They used a more sophisticated analysis based on a Back Propagation Neural Network and this improved the results so that they could give a vintage for any rice wine sample to the precise year it was produced, thus with 100 percent accuracy. Knowing the precise year in which a wine is produced is key to its value and to its consumption.

Ding, W., Zhu, P. and Gu, Y. (2020) ‘Age identification of Chinese rice wine using electronic nose’, Int. J. Computer Applications in Technology, Vol. 63, No. 3, pp.185–190.